The New York Mets have entered spring training with two top-five starters on the MLB in their roster: Jacob Digram and Max Scherzer.
The two of them have five Sai Young awards.
However, they are also of advanced age and have a lot of injuries, so they knew that their missing time this season was too much.
DeGrum went down to spring training with a stress response in his right scapula and healing / progress was not fast.
He is starting a throwing program but will probably need the equivalent of a regular spring training to return in July.
Sherzer, on the other hand, injured himself while making the pitch early Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
He has a “medium to high grade internal diagonal strain” and according to the team, he will be out for 6-8 weeks.
Who will return first: Degrome or Sherzaar?
A Mets insider is now wondering which of the two injured Ss will return first.
“Unfortunately for the Mets, you may be wondering now who will start a game for them: Sherzer or Degrom?”, Joel Sherman of the NY Post tweeted on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Mets you can now wonder, who will start a game for them: Sherza or Degrom?
– Joel Sherman (JoelSherman1) May 19, 2022
This is actually a valid question.
Depending on Scherzer’s recovery, he could beat Digroms in the Mets rotation if he stays close to the six-week timeline.
Although given his age (he’s 37 years old), the Mets will probably take things slowly with him and stick to the eight-week threshold instead, in which case the degree could be the first to return.
Whatever the case, the Mets’ depth will be tested: they will have to show that they can win the game for a long time without their two aces.